So new year has happened. the world did not end, zombies did not crawl out of their graves and terrorise the world. I found myself picking out an old friend from book shelf; Brian Lumley’s ‘The Burrowers Beneath’. This tale of terror visits H.P Lovecraft’s vision of horror where vast god like beings sleep within the depths of the Earth waiting for the right time to take back what is theirs and destroy humanity (or at least drive it insane) One of the first books I ever read of Lovecraft was called Dagon, the first few lines spoke of a man who was writing his last words before he his demise, for an instant I thought that it was truly that the man writing down in these pages was his last words. The style and prose forever changed my views on modern literature and set the benchmark for storytelling.
Having found little time in the last two years to read any fiction it was pure pleasure to pick a book up just for the sake of reading, only having some spare short moments to read I managed to finished ‘The Burrowers Beneath’ over the span of a week, although I have the rest of the series available I am tempted to go back and read some actual Lovecraft books. I have also dusted off some of my old (and most cherished) horror movies and watched a few of them. These stories have have made me think back to younger times and also to think back on writing. So in the previous weekend I started thinking of a new short story and came up with a few ideas for a dreadful tale, The setting for this tale is in the fictional town of Anchor set within the Blue Mountains of Australia, some of the Lovecraftian themes will be central to the area. I hope to post more details but it is still early and I am researching. I leave you know with a quote from Mary Shelley ‘ I busied myself to think of a story, —a story to rival those which had excited us to this task. One which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature, and awaken thrilling horror—one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.’